Relief pitcher Scott Proctor, who is in camp with the San Francisco Giants after spending last season in Korea, said his decline in the majors had more to do with a drinking problem than arm problems, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
He said not eating right and not sleeping enough were part of the problem, but a bigger issue was that he said he had a "serious drinking problem," according to the report.
He became a binge drinker who stopped only when he ran out of alcohol or passed out.
Proctor threw 102 1/3 innings in a league-high 83 appearances for the New York Yankees in 2006. He was not as effective the next year and was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He had arm trouble that put him on the disabled list in 2008 and had Tommy John surgery in 2009. He saw only spot duty in the majors in 2010 and 2011.
Proctor had 35 saves with a 1.79 ERA in Korea last year, and he's thrown two scoreless innings for the Giants this spring.
He also said he's been sober for four years.